Do You Know Where I Am? Essay

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Chris Innis English 1102 Ms. Whittaker Paper 1, Final Draft 2/5/13 The Color Black Sherman Alexie’s short fictional story, “Do You Know Where I Am,” begins with a Native American narrator named David, and he tracks his relationship with his wife, Sharon, until her untimely death at the end. All was peachy with this couple until they happened to stumble upon a black cat that an elderly couple had lost some time ago. Sharon prodded David to rescue the cat, and when he did, she proceeded to dig through the dumpster to find the newspaper which housed this specific lost cat ad. Upon returning the cat to the couple, David immediately took credit for everything Sharon had just done which included: finding the cat, deciding to rescue it, and…show more content…
This hesitation by David is most likely the cause of the black hue of the cat. Alexie adds this reluctance to the plot to highlight the point that the lost black cat has some kind of impending danger connected to it. David somehow can feel this danger, and therefore attempts to avoid it. The black color of the lost cat is used by Alexie to show and highlight the cat’s ominous being, and is therefore a main depiction of the couple’s hardships. The cat’s black color is also used by Alexie to symbolize the single “black spot” on David’s record as seen by Sharon. Up until the couple stumbled upon this wicked cat, David character was untarnished. He and Sharon were the picture-perfect couple, and believed one another to be their true soul mate. Once interacting with this menacing black cat however, David’s record obtained a blemish. The cat brought out David’s desire to be seen as a hero in Sharon’s eyes, even though she already viewed him as such. David desired to solidify his superior status with Sharon, and instead did the opposite. After taking some time off, the couple eventually got back together and got married, but David was never seen the same way in Sharon’s eyes. The black color of the cat made David’s aura a bit darker, making it less like that of a Sharon’s previous view. Unfortunately, when Sharon dies at the end of the short story, she dies

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